Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes are great and all, but for us dog pawrents, there are few things that bring as much autumnal joy as seeing our pups do a victory lap around apple orchards and pumpkin patches. So throw on your best matching flannels (we know you have them) and puppare to get giddy at these dog-lovin’ Colorado farms.
Happy Apple Farm, Penrose
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, August 17–October 31
Happy Apple Farm is two hours south of Denver, but the drive’ll be worth it once you see your dog going mutts as he snoofs out apples, blackberries, raspberries, AND pears at one of the most diversified pick-your-own fruit farms in the state (the pumpkin patch opens September 14). Once you gather up enough produce to fill KONGs through Christmas, nosh on some smoked brisket and apple cider donuts—and don’t furget to grab a pie or cobbler for the ride home.
Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store, Ault
12–6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday; August 23–TBD
Mike and Will recently relocated from Minnesota (a.k.a. the home of the best apple variety ever produced: Honeycrisp) to take over U-Pick operations for Masonville Orchards. As you’re strolling the onsite Country Store for fresh jams, salsas, and ciders, your dog will be dreaming of doin’ an eats on all 150 fur-ieties of apples, pears, plums, and pumpkins.
The Bartels Farm, Fort Collins
10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, September 16–October 31
Come for the pumpkin patch, gourds, and Indian corn—stay for the hayrides, farm animals, and corn and straw maze sniffs.
Cottonwood Farms, Lafayette
10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, September 21–October 31
If frolicking through a field of pumpkins doesn’t tickle puppo’s fancy, meeting resident dog Cole certainly will. Admission is free on weekdays, or drop the $5 bones for a Saturday or Sunday outing, when hayrides give you the best view of the Front Range’s autumnal glory.
Maize in the City, Thornton
September 27–October 31 (Check the weekly changing schedule here)
At Maize in the City, there are more activities than you can shake a bully stick at: a 20-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, a pumpkin field, and a CORN LAUNCHER that will forever up your pup’s fetch-pectations.
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield
9 a.m.–6:30 p.m. daily, October 5–31
Ready to do one heck of a ‘splore? When you pull up, you’ll be handed a pair of shears and sent into 120 motherpuppin’ acres to harvest the ulti-mutt pumpkin.
Pope Farms Corn MAiZE & Pumpkin Patch, Wiggins
4–9 p.m. Friday (and October 31), 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday; October 4–31
When the schedule includes a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin pulverizer, potato cannons, and duck races (just to name a few of the activities), you know it’s gonna be a pawesome time—especially when Pope Farms proudly declares that it “welcomes all children, even if yours has four legs.” Yep, we found our people.
Did we miss any dog-friendly apple orchards or pumpkin patches in Colorado? Woof at us in the comments and don’t furget to tag #sidewalkdog in all those adventure grams!
(Photo by @graysonthaaussie)
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